At Vatican Insider I read, in Italian, that the postulator of the cause for canonization of Papa Luciani, John Paul I, say that the cause is taking a step forward.
Apparently, Bp. Enrico dal Covolo, SDB, who is the Rettore Magnifico of the Pontifical Lateran University, is the postulator for the cause. He said during a sermon on 29 June that the positio (the official books describing the life and death of the servant of God and making the argument in favor of the servant of God’s heroic virtues) will be presented in October.
Once the positio is accepted by the Congregation, it will be studied by teams of experts in different fields, such as history and theology. They will give their opinions in writing and, eventually, the case will be presented to the full congregation (members of the Congregation, e.g., cardinals). If the Congregation accepts the argument that – within moral certainly – the Servant of God manifested the virtues in a heroic way, then they issue a decree “super virtutibus“, which is present to the Roman Pontiff. The Roman Pontiff determines if and when the decree is to be promugated. When it is promulgated, then the Servant of God is known as “Venerable”. The next stage in the cause would be beatification, which takes place after the authentication of a miracle claimed to have been worked by God through the intercession of the Venerable.